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Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

February 6, 2014 at 8:57 AM

Those ‘American Hustle’ sets

The New York Times Home & Garden section today has a feature on Oscar-nominated “American Hustle” production designer Judy Becker, whose previous credits include “Brokeback Mountain,” “Hitchcock,” and “Silver Linings Playbook” — very entertaining, if you’ve ever wondered how non-soundstage movie sets come to be. The house where Christian Bale and Jennifer Lawrence’s characters lived, for example, was a suburban ranch house in Medford, Massachusetts, borrowed for the production. It had been completely renovated, said Becker, but had “a great layout” and its original stone fireplace. The production team carpeted and wallpapered the entire house (“vintage foil-printed or flocked wallpaper in every single room”), put up new window treatments, and changed out the kitchen appliances to 1970s-vintage. “Rosalyn’s (Lawrence’s character’s) overdecorating, really layering it on, may be compensating for something that’s lacking in her life,” Becker said, noting that she spent many hours reading late-’70s interior design magazines to prepare for production. After production wrapped, much of the furniture was sold — in what sounds like a pretty amazing garage sale. “I bought a Brutalist cabinet in the Paul Evans style that you never see in the movie, and a Brutalist lamp that you might catch a glimpse of,” said Becker. “I also bought a burl wood side table with brass legs that is amazing, and I bought some office chairs — they might be Knoll.”

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